After 81 medal events and with the participation of 1,872 athletes, the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020 at Lausanne came to a close today

The week in review

4th to 10th November

We start by dedicating the first section to the fantastic Rugby World Cup 2019 that Japan so masterfully hosted. The tournament will arguably be remembered for the nation's amazing hospitality, the sadness brought on by Typhoon Hagibis, and of course, the incredible rugby. South Africa claimed the title today by beating England 32-12, thus the becoming the first nation to win the tournament despite losing a group match, and winning another main competition (The Rugby Championship) within the same year. No team has ever done that. South Africa now equal New Zealand with three World Cup wins. World Rugby would have taken a big gamble by awarding the rights to host to a nation not renowned for their rugby. Japan have however, showed us how it should be done with their efficiency by the organisers and the dedicated supporters at each game. The little things mattered like the youngsters walking out with the teams and then singing along the national anthems while standing next to the captains. Everything was very carefully planned and Japan can no doubt take a bow to a very successful hosting of this prestigious tournament. We have also seen that World Rugby can entrust the rights to host future events to a wider range of nations where rugby union is not necessarily the main sport. Congratulations South Africa and congratulations Japan!

Looking ahead at some of the main events of the week, we have a number of seasons drawing to a close with the final round of their world tours. Doha will showcase round seven of the FINA Swimming World Cup, while over in Nassau in the Bahamas, the P1 Aquacross World Championship will feature over the weekend. The Aquacross season is split between a European tour and an American tour before the season-ending finale starting on Friday. Cape Town is the setting for the final race of the FIA Rallycross season with eight points separating the top three on the overall driver standings. The Vertical World Circuit concludes the final race in Osaka at the Abenobashi Terminal Building on Sunday. In women's tennis we have the WTA finals concluding tomorrow in China and next weekend the Fed Cup Final heads to Perth where Australia host France. The IFMP Match Poker Nations Cup has the second leg that covers Asia next week. The tournament will be held in Taiwan. In Badminton and after this weekend, there are only four further world tour events remaining before the finals in December. The Paragliding World Cup Tour heads to Argentina from next Saturday before the Super Finals in Brazil in March next year. Finally, in Para Sports there are two World Championships this week. Dubai stages Athletics, while Futsal heads to Winterthur in Switzerland.


Saturday to Sunday - The Founder Morihei Ueshiba Memorial Event - Tanabe City, Japan

Air Sports

Saturday to 16th November - World Tour - 2019 Paragliding World Cup Argentina - Loma Bola, Argentina


Thursday to Saturday - FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 #7 - Doha, Qatar

Friday to Sunday - FINA Diving Grand Prix 2019 #7 - Gold Coast, Australia


Tuesday to Sunday - World Tour - Fuzhou China Open 2019 - Fuzhou, China


2nd to 11th November - WBSC Premier 12 - Various 


Friday to Sunday - FIBA 3x3 Africa Cup; FIBA 3x3 U18 Africa Cup - Kampala, Uganda

Beach Soccer

Tuesday to Saturday - Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup 2019 - Dubai, UAE


Friday to Saturday - Omega Youth Series Monobob - Königssee, Germany


Tuesday to Sunday - World Bodybuilding Championship - Fujairah, UAE

Boule Lyonnaise

Tuesday to Saturday - Senior World Championship - Mersin, Turkey


31st October to Wednesday - World Tour - Kuwait Open (tier 1) - Kuwait City, Kuwait

Thursday - World Bowling Tour Finals - Kuwait City, Kuwait

Carom Billiards

Monday to Sunday - World Cup 3-Cushion - Guri, South Korea


28th October to 6th November - FIDE World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2019 - Çorum, Turkey

Monday to 18th November - FIDE Grand Prix Series - Hamburg, Germany


Monday - Pakistan Women v Bangladesh Women (2nd ODI) - Lahore, Pakistan

Tuesday - New Zealand v England (3rd T20I) - Nelson, New Zealand; Australia v Pakistan (2nd T20I) - Canberra, Australia

Wednesday - Afghanistan v West Indies (1st ODI) - Lucknow, India; West Indies Women v India Women (3rd ODI) - North Sound, Antigua

Thursday - India v Bangladesh (2nd T20I) - Rajkot, India

Friday - New Zealand v England (4th T20I) - Napier, New Zealand; Australia v Pakistan (3rd T20I) - Perth, Australia

Saturday - Afghanistan v West Indies (2nd ODI) - Lucknow, India; West Indies Women v India Women (1st T20I) - Gros Islet, St Lucia

Sunday - New Zealand v England (5th T20I) - Auckland, New Zealand; India v Bangladesh (3rd T20I) - Nagpur, India; West Indies Women v India Women (2nd T20I) - Gros Islet, St Lucia


26th October to 9th November - Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2019 - Shenzhen, China


Wednesday to Sunday - 2019 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships - Chengdu, China

Friday to Sunday - Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup - Glasgow, Scotland

Dance Sports

Saturday - WDSF PD World Championships - Vila Nova de Famalicao, Portugal


Saturday to 17th November - Grand Slam of Darts - Wolverhampton, England


27th October to Monday - World Championship Youth - Izmir, Turkey


Thursday to Sunday - Showjumping - Jumping Verona - Verona, Italy

Saturday - Group 1 Racing - VRC Sprint Classic - Flemington, Australia

Sunday - Group 1 Racing - Queen Elizabeth II Cup - Kyoto, Japan


Friday to Saturday - Senior Men's World Cup (foil) - Bonn, Germany

Saturday - Junior Men's World Cup (épée) - Riga, Lavia

Sunday - Senior Men's Team World Cup (foil) - Bonn, Germany; Junior Men's Team World Cup (épée) - Riga, Lavia


Saturday to Sunday - 3-Nations Men Belgium - La Hulpe, Belgium

Flying Disc

3rd November to Friday - WFDF 2019 Pan American Ultimate Championships (PAUC) - Sarasota, Florida, USA


5th September to 19th November - CONCACAF Nations League - Various

26th October to 17th November - FIFA U17 World Cup 2019 - Brazil


Thursday to Sunday - Heiwa PGM Championship - Hyogo, Japan; Gippsland Super 6 - Yallourn Heights, Victoria, Australia; Thailand Open - Thai Country Club, Thailand; Turkish Airlines Open - Antalya, Turkey

Friday to Sunday - Toto Japan Classic - Shiga, Japan

Motor Racing

Saturday to Sunday - FIA Rallycross - World RX of South Africa - Killarney, South Africa

Sunday - FIA Endurance - 4 Hours of Shanghai - Shanghai, China


Sunday - Vertical World Circuit - Abeno Harukas - Osaka, Japan

Muay Thai

Monday to Sunday - European Championships - Minsk, Belarus


3rd November to Saturday - CUPRA XI European Padel Championship Open by national teams and pairs - Rome, Italy

Para Sports

2nd November to Sunday - IBSA Blind Football Central American Championships 2019 - Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala

Thursday to 15th November - Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Saturday to Sunday - Adidas-International Residentie Judo Tournament - The Hague, The Netherlands

Saturday to 16th November - Winterthur 2019 - World Deaf Futsal Championships - Winterthur, Switzerland


Tuesday to Friday - IFMP Asian Nations Cup - Taoyuan, Taiwan


22nd October to Saturday - Hurlingham Open - Argentina


Friday to Sunday - P1 AquaX Bahama World Championship - Nassau, Bahamas


Saturday - League - Papua New Guinea v Fiji - Christchurch, New Zealand; Serbia v Greece - Belgrade, Serbia; New Zealand v Great Britain - Christchurch, New Zealand

Saturday - Union - France Women v England Women - Clermont Ferrand, France; The Netherlands v Ukraine - tbc, The Netherlands; Czech Republic Women v Switzerland Women - tbc, Czech Republic

Sunday - Union - Ireland Women v Wales Women - Dublin, Ireland


Saturday - Cross de Atapuerca (IAAF Cross Country) - Burgos, Spain


Friday to Sunday - World Sambo Championships - Cheongju, Republic of Korea


Saturday - World Combat Championships 2019 Finals - Seniors F70, M+85 - Vandoeuvre, France


Friday to Sunday - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - Shiseido Cup of China - Chongqing, China; ISU World Cup Short Track - Montréal, Canada


Thursday to Friday - Omega Youth Series Men and Women - Königssee, Germany

Sleddog Sports

Saturday to Sunday - Iron Paws World Cup - Cle Elum, Washington, USA


Monday to Sunday - U18 Women's Softball Asia Cup - Various


Friday to 15th November - PSA Men's World Championship - Doha, Qatar


Thursday to Sunday - Live Like Zander Junior Pro - Soup Bowl, Bathsheba, Barbados

Friday to Sunday - Oi Longboard Pro - SP - Praia de Maresias, Maresias, Brazil

Table Hockey

Saturday - World Tour - 2019 Stiga Canada Cup - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Table Soccer

Friday to Sunday - World Tour - Austrian National Championships - Austria; Colorado State Championships 2019 - USA

Saturday to Sunday - World Tour - Master Series Montreuil sur Mer 2019 - France

Table Tennis

Wednesday to Sunday - ZEN-NOH 2019 ITTF Team World Cup - Tokyo, Japan

Thursday to Sunday - 2019 ITTF World Veterans Tour - Doha, Qatar


Tuesday to Saturday - Next Gen ATP Finals - Milan, Italy

Saturday to Sunday - Fed Cup Final - Perth, Australia

Sunday to 17th November - Oracle Challenger Series - Houston, Texas, USA; Nitto ATP Finals - London, England


Saturday to Sunday - 2019 Tahiti OTU Pacific Island Championships - Tahiti; 2019 Santo Domingo ITU Triathlon World Cup - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


1st November to Monday - 1st Mediterranean/International Masters Open Championships - Limassol, Cyprus

Wednesday to Sunday - Zone 3 African Senior Championships; Zone 3 African Junior & Youth Championships - Antananarivo, Madagascar

Friday to Sunday - IWF Grand Prix ODESUR CSLP - Lima, Peru


27th October to Saturday - 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic World Cup - Maui, Hawaii


Friday to Saturday - World Championships - Baku, Azerbaijan

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